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Darling Diva Polish-Chunky PB&J

Hi all! This is my second stab at this post. Safari is a fickle beast, and my MacBook Pro sucks (in part because it’s running on an older OS, and my disk drive is broken, so I can’t upgrade it). So, let’s try this again, shall we?

Today I have Darling Diva Polish’s Chunky PB&J, a grape jam purple holo with copper colored hex glitters. It’s got a little more oomph holo-wise than my last holo from her (Slutty Pumpkin), and applies easily. The first coat was a tad streaky, but coat two evened it out beautifully, and coat three was essentially to just deepen the color a little bit and get a couple more glitters on thar.

Here’s a couple of bottle shots-still working on getting lighting down pat, so please keep in mind that this color is a tad lighter than it appears in the photos.


Isn’t it lovely? I love the sparklies. ❤ A couple of the photos are a little blurred to help you see the holographic effect.

And here it is on my nails!


In the photo directly above it’s easiest to see the holographic effect on my ring finger. Love it! And the glitters were not difficult to get out, nor to apply. 🙂 Definitely worth the money spent!

You can buy Darling Diva Polishes here on etsy for $12, which is a little more than her other polishes due to the amount of holographic material used in the polish. Again-totally worth it. 😀

I’ll be back soon with the next one in this order! Until next time, keep warm!


A-England’s St. George

Just a quick update-things have been busy here! It’s down to -20F most days now, and with the cold comes a few household maintenances that have been put off for a bit too long.

The formula on this, like the other a-England polish I have (Dragon) was phenomenal. The polish is *very* pigmented, requiring only one coat to be opaque! It dried to a fine shine, though I slapped some Seche Vite on top because hey, I’m a mom, and my baby wakes up randomly and makes me smudge my polish a lot. HA. Sadly, the SV shrunk it up a tad, and so by day two my tips are showing. 😦

The scattered holo in this is very fine, and does not appear in normal lighting. Even in sunlight, you have to be paying attention. Just keep that in mind! And now, without further ado: photos!

You can really see the holo sparkles in the bottle here!

This matches my favorite mug!

a-England St. George

Such a luscious teal!


a-England St. George

Bottle shot 2, full sun

a-England St. George

Bottle shot, full sun

Next time I’ll add a bonus shot with the matching mug. 😉 Ta for now, sweethearts!

DarlingDivaPolish’s Slutty Pumpkin and Southern Tier’s Pumpking

It’s mid October ladies and gentlemen! That means *pumpkin.* And today I have two lovely pumpkin-themed items to show you all today. The first is DarlingDivaPolish’s beautiful polish “Slutty Pumpkin,” which is a “How I Met Your Mother” reference! According to DarlingDiva, this is a “metallic orange linear holographic with varying sized black hexes.” It’s gorgeous in the bottle, and is more subtle on the nail. The picture shown here is slightly blurry to show the linear holo!

It’s an amazing polish and a little more subtle than last post’s “Pumpkinlicious,” and definitely a bit more grown-up. I’m definitely impressed with it, and with its formula, which was clean and not too thick-not too thin. My only complaint is that the black hex glitters curl a little bit so definitely make sure you’ve got a good thick topcoat on like Seche Vite. I’d like to try this with a coat of Gelous too, which I’ll have to try and pick up sometime soon.


The second is Southern Tier Brewing Company’s Imperial Pumking, an ale brewed with pumpkins. (Disclaimer: this beer was provided to me by Odem Corp. for honest review.) It’s a hearty ale, with 8.6% alcohol by volume, pureed pumpkin, and magnum and sterling hops. According to the bottle, it’s best served chilled to 40F in a goblet! I didn’t have a goblet (sad day, right?) and so served it in my usual dandelion pint glass. Maybe sometime soon I’ll pick up some beer tasting glasses…


Anywho! Pumking is supposedly an “ode to Puca, a creature of Celtic folklore, who is both feared and respected by those who believe in it.” The Puca, according to Wikipedia:

“According to legend, the púca is a deft shapeshifter, capable of assuming a variety of terrifying or pleasing forms, and may appear as a horse, rabbit, goat,goblin, or dog. No matter what shape the púca takes, its fur is almost always dark. It most commonly takes the form of a sleek black horse with a flowing mane and luminescent golden eyes.[9] (The Manx glashtyn also takes on human form, but he usually betrays his horse’s ears and is analogous to the each uisce)

If a human is enticed onto a púca’s back, it has been known to give them a wild ride; however, unlike a kelpie, which will take its rider and dive into the nearest stream or lake to drown and devour him/her, the púca will do its rider no real harm. However according to some folklorists the only man ever to ride the púca was Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, by using a special bridle incorporating three hairs of the púca’s tail. The púca has the power of human speech, and has been known to give advice and lead people away from harm. Though the púca enjoys confusing and often terrifying humans, it is considered to be benevolent.”

Pumking is a very thick ale, which was a surprise with its color, but maybe shouldn’t have been considering it’s an Imperial ale. It’s very pumpkin-y, which I also did not expect, as other pumpkin spice beers I’ve tried were spiced tasting but not pumpkin tasting. A slightly hoppy initial taste strong pumpkin aftertaste, and I’ve had half a glass and am already feeling it. It’s definitely palatable and if you’re in the mood for a strong beer (and like pumpkin!) this is the beer for you!

That’s it for this post-I have a few polishes in the mail, so stay tuned! And Odem Corp. has generously offered to send me upcoming brews before they hit the shelves here in Fairbanks. Keep an eye out.


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